India Black and the Widow of Windsor by Carol K. Carr
Date Read: October 2011
Genre: Historical, Mystery
Black is back! Her Majesty's favorite spy is off to Scotland in this new adventure to ensure the Queen doesn't end up getting killed.
When Queen Victoria attends a séance, the spirit of her departed husband, Prince Albert, insists she spend Christmas at their Scottish home in Balmoral. Prime Minister Disraeli suspects the Scottish nationalists plan to assassinate the Queen-and sends the ever resourceful India and the handsome British spy, French, to the Scottish highlands.
French will take the high road, looking for a traitor among the guests-and India will take the low road, disguised as a servant in case an assassin is hiding among the household staff. India is certain that someone at Balmoral is determined to make this Her Majesty's last Christmas...
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Series: Madam of Espionage #2
Read for Review (Publisher)
Overall Rating 4.00
Story Rating 3.50
Character Rating 4.50
NOTE: I am going to admit upfront that I love the character of India Black. She is unique, snarky, smart, and sassy! She is a huge reason I find these books so enjoyable.
What I Loved: Characters, Characters, Characters! French and India have the best exchanges (barbs,quips, and debates). They are an absolute joy to read and I find myself loving the moments they share in the story. The end, left me going “oh my, how is this going to go” and now I am patiently (or not) waiting for book 3. I am also loving the character Vincent more. He brings a unique type of vibe to the story and I love how French kind of “mentors” (for lack of a better word) him.
What I Liked: The espionage story was stronger in the Widow of Windsor story. It was fantastic the way that Carol Carr weaved in historical facts with some really fun fiction. I also enjoyed the character the marchioness—she was a hoot. Every time she said India’s name wrong or went on a diatribe, I was in giggles. I thought she and India made quite the pair. Flora was also very fun with all her gossip but mostly I liked her POV.
Complaints: A little over descriptive at times but it didn’t take away from the story. It did help me to visualize what the characters were seeing and feeling.
Why I gave it a 4.00: Carol Carr writes really great characters! While the espionage story was a little predictable, the characters keep you entertained and engaged. I will be not so patiently waiting on book 3.